I’ve just made the move to Ubuntu from Kubuntu.
I started Linux life with an Kubuntu Live CD borrowed off a MythTV user from work over a year ago. Having been frustrated with how much configuration was necessary to do what seemed like sensible things I installed the
ubunutu-desktop package about a week ago. I don’t think I’ll be going back.
Ubuntu works fantastically well with the default configuration. It has lots of the things I commonly do all out in the open
- The Applications menu works well and uses Fitt’s law to good effect in the top left hand corner
- The Places menu is way better than the similar analogy in KDE
- The System menu is also much better on it’s own than buried in the KDE menu
- Accessing Logout from the top right works well (again Fitt’s law comes into play)
- Configuration of the desktop just seems easier - a good choice of sensible defaults helps
- It has a great look and feel out of the box - after months of trying to get something consistently decent for KDE I gave up
- Putting shortcuts to commonly used applications and other useful things in the top bar is easy - also a great default setup
- A much easier way of switching users out-of-the-box
- Many others…
It’s a shame it was so hard getting rid of all the KDE related applications. A few hours tidying with Add/Remove Applications and Synaptic Package Manager seems to have cleaned out most things.
Overall it seems like a great improvement to the usability of the common things that I use Linux for. Awesome.
And, since Shelly hasn’t had any significant problems yet I guess it’s a thumbs up from her as well.